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Buccaneers Decline Option On C Joe Hawley, Could Still Re-Sign Him

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the Buccaneers are declining their $2.5 million option for 2018 on center Joe Hawley.

However, a source tells Pelissero that the Bucs haven’t closed the door on bringing Hawley back, but he will at least get the opportunity to test the free agent market.

Hawley, 29, was taken in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Falcons. Atlanta wound up signing him to a two-year, $6 million contract that included $3 million guaranteed back in March of 2014. However, Hawley was unfortunately among the Falcons’ roster cuts at the start of the 2015 season.

The Buccaneers signed Hawley a few weeks later and brought him back on a two-year, $5.5 million contract last year.

In 2017, Hawley appeared in four games for the Buccaneers.